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Scientists and Managers Work To Develop Climate-Smart Conservation Strategies

Photo of Snapshot : Project that addresses the needs of land managers in a changing climate has expanded to nine States and more than 133 million acres

Principal Investigators(s) :
Swanston, ChrisBrandt, Leslie
Research Location : The Northwoods, the Central Hardwoods, and the Central Appalachians
Research Station : Northern Research Station (NRS)
Year : 2012
Highlight ID : 36


Climate change has the potential to have long-term effects on forest ecosystems and the services that they provide. The Climate Change Response Framework, developed by Forest Service scientists and a network of partners, is an integrated set of tools, partnerships, and actions to support climate-smart conservation and forest management.

During the past year, the framework has expanded its coverage from northern Wisconsin to three large ecoregions across the Eastern United States: the Northwoods, the Central Hardwoods, and the Central Appalachians. These framework projects cover more than 133 million acres, spanning 9 States and including 11 national forests. The diversity of partnerships continues to grow, with more than 45 current active partners among State, Federal, tribal, nongovernmental groups, and industry groups and organizations.

Scientists and managers from a variety of organizations taking part in multiple workshops initiated and informed five ecosystem vulnerability assessments and several adaptation demonstration projects. The information and partnerships developed at framework workshops will be used to create additional resources that will help land managers respond to changing forest conditions.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

  • National Forest System, Eastern Region
  • State & Private Forestry, Northeastern Area
  • American Forest Foundation
  • Central Hardwoods Joint Venture
  • Environmental Law and Policy Center
  • Great Lakes Forest Alliance
  • Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks LCC
  • Illinois Department of Natural Resources
  • Michigan Climate Coalition
  • Michigan Department of Natural Resources
  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • Minnesota Forest Resource Council
  • Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Missouri Department of Conservation
  • Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, Michigan Technological University
  • Portland State University
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Trust for Public Land
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC
  • Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
  • Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts

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